Johnson's strong first half not enough for Salisbury against Delaware Valley

Johnson's strong first half not enough for Salisbury against Delaware Valley

UNION, N.J. - Junior forward Janay Johnson had a huge first half for the Salisbury University women's basketball team against Delaware Valley College in the Kean University Cougar Classic on Sunday. Johnson scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the game's first 20 minutes as the Gulls only trailed by 10 at the half, 41-31. In the end, the Aggies got the best of Salisbury with an 81-59 victory.

Johnson scored seven of SU's nine points to begin the game as SU led 9-0 just three minutes in. DVC (1-1) chipped away at the SU lead and took its first lead, 14-13, at the 11-minute mark on a Jess Ruvolis jumper. Salisbury (0-2) grabbed back the lead moments later on a Johnson layup at the 9:49 mark to give the maroon and gold a 17-16 advantage.  Johnson (eight rebounds, two steals) scored her final bucket of the first half with 7:41 left as SU held its final lead of the game, 21-20.

Junior forward Kylie Hall shot 75 percent from the field (6-for-8) as she scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had a team-high five assists and three steals in the loss. Freshman guard Glen Charlton scored 14 points and made three blocks. Fellow freshman Meghan Dunn (six points, two steals) led the Sea Gulls with 12 rebounds. Also a force in the paint was freshman Kelly Ryan who recorded five of her game-high eight blocked shots in the first half. She ended the game with six points, four rebounds and two steals.

The Aggies had two players score 20 or more points in the win. Brittany Battinieri led all scorers with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds. DVC's Kim Vennera added 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals. The Aggies shot 40 percent from three-point range (8-for-20).

Salisbury will next travel south to the Virginia Beach, Va., to face Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m.

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